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ART BRAND LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR EXHIBITION CHAMPIONING THE WORK OF LGBTQ+ ARTISTS

London-based studio, The Paint Don’t Dry, founded by illustration artist Courtney Ellis, hopes to raise nearly £14,000 for a special exhibition that will champion the work of rising stars in the LGBTQ+ art sector.

The show, yet unnamed is to be held in London in Summer 2022 and will be more festival than a traditional exhibition and will include videography and art prints, from rising stars in the sector as well as music and DJs creating a celebratory atmosphere often lacking in traditional galleries and exhibitions. Money raised from the Kickstarter campaign (ends May 9) will go towards supporting the artists in the initial research and preparation artwork stages helping them to produce new work and supporting them following a tough year. It will also cover materials, production & publicity for the event. www.kickstarter.com/projects/courtneylellis/london-art-exhibition-celebrating-lgbtq-artists. The Paint Don’t Dry supports and provides a platform for LGBTQ+ minority artists. It sells art prints and streetwear clothing online at thepaintdontdry.co.uk. Courtney Ellis said: “I started The Paint Don’t Dry to have a platform for my creative outlets and illustrations. I soon realised how great it would be if it could help other artists like myself build a career from doing what they love.” “Being part of the LGBTQ community and seeing how underrepresented we are in media and parts of the art world, I thought it would be amazing if this platform could push these minority groups into the main light and provide artwork that is relatable to others struggling to find work to identify with.” “I feel this exhibition could be an amazing celebration of sexuality, creativity, and empowerment.”